About Us

All our professionals at Washburn Smiles maintain the highest levels of accreditation and pursue ongoing education to stay abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

Our Staff

Our team consists of dedicated individuals who are kind, friendly, and caring. Our staff is here to ensure a pleasant experience during your visit to our office.

Our team includes experienced and energetic people whose goal is to communicate well with our patients and provide the best care possible.

Kathryn E. Nicholson, D.M.D., P.C.

Family Dentist in Klamath Falls, OR

Nicholson Dental

Dr. Nicholson grew up in Klamath Falls and graduated from Klamath Union High School. She continued her education at the University of Oregon where she received her Bachelors of Science in 1994. Dr. Nicholson then went on to receive her Doctorate of Dental Medicine Degree in June of 2000 from Oregon Health Sciences University.

Since graduating, Dr. Nicholson has built a very successful family dental practice in Klamath Falls. She is happy to be back home raising her family and providing quality dental care to the residents of Klamath Falls and the surrounding areas.

Dr. Nicholson is proud to be a member of the Oregon Dental Association, the American Dental Association, as well as a member the Academy of General Dentistry.

Dr. Nicholson is devoted to the highest standard of patient care. She goes above and beyond to optimize her patient’s oral health and takes great pride in the results that come from this high-quality treatment. Dr. Nicholson participates in continued education throughout each year to ensure that she is informed of the latest trends in dentistry. She is always looking for newer, better ways to treat patients. Her attention to detail, kindness and commitment to achieving great oral health for her patients sets Dr. Nicholson apart in the dental field.

Favorite Movie: The Lake House

TV Show She Can’t Miss: The Closer

Favorite Candy: Milk Duds

Jessica Dodge, D.M.D.


Dr. Dodge grew up in the greater Portland, OR region. She earned her BS in Biochemistry at the University of Washington. After graduation, she lived in China for a year teaching English and upon returning to the United States, she began working as a Research Scientist at the University of Washington. A few years later, she embarked on a new career in dentistry and went on to earn her DMD at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After dental school, Dr. Dodge moved back home to Oregon to be closer to family.

In Oregon, she learned of a job opportunity in Klamath Falls. She met Dr. Nicholson and saw the natural beauty of Klamath Falls and decided it would be a great place for her to live and work.

Quality of life is important to Dr. Dodge and she understands that good oral health is life-changing. She cares greatly about providing quality dental work and education so that others can have control over their health.

“Fortunately for me, not so much for my dad, he came home from the dentist upset and told me to take care of my teeth because dental work is really expensive. Coming from humble means, it motivated me to take care of my teeth, but I was also fortunate enough to have access to preventative dental services like regular cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants when I was growing up. I am so happy that OHP exists and covers many services including these preventive services so that people will be able to better prevent the need for expensive dental treatments. I really hope people will take advantage and come see me, so I can help with prevention or improving current oral health status.”

Favorite TV show: Adventure Time

Favorite movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Favorite candy: chocolate and ice cream

Megan Kahl

Registered Dental Hygienist

Megan was born in Chester, California but grew up in Redding, California. She has lived here in the basin for over 15 years. She attended Oregon Institute of Technology and graduated in 2002 with her associates degree in Dental Hygiene. Megan enjoys spending time with her family. Her favorite pass times are traveling, camping and watching her kids play sports. Megan enjoys getting to know her patients personally and helping them understand the importance of good oral hygiene. She has a great personality and always makes her patients feel comfortable in the chair. Megan loves to see her patients excitement when they see their oral health improve. We are extremely grateful for Megan and her wonderful service!

Favorite Movie: Grease

TV Show She Can’t Miss: Friends

Favorite Candy: Almond Joy

Shawna Castle

Dental Hygienist

Shawna grew up on the Lower Columbia River in Oregon. She graduated from OIT in 1996 with a B.S. degree in Dental Hygiene with emphasis in education. She enjoys spending time with her family, exploring, camping, gardening, and outdoor activities. Shawna loves to be creative with fabric and her favorite place to go is TaterPatch Quilts in Merrill, Oregon. She has always believed in education. Making patients feel comfortable and giving patients knowledge and information so they can take responsibility for their oral health and be successful doing it.

Favorite Movie: None

TV Show She Can’t Miss: Doesn’t watch TV

Favorite Candy: Twix Candy

Samantha Clark

Dental Assistant

Samantha was born and raised in Klamath Falls. She graduated from Oregon State University in 2019. She enjoys running, baking, and playing board games.

Favorite Movie: Spirited Away

TV Show She Can’t Miss: The Good Place

Favorite Candy: Sour Patch Kids

Emily Nogosek

Dental Hygienist

Emily was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon but grew up in Houston, Texas. She is the youngest of three. She has two fur babies, Buck and Charlie. She enjoys being outside and being active!

Favorite Movie: Titanic

TV Show She Can’t Miss: One Tree Hill

Favorite Candy: Cookies and Cream Herseys Bar

Kiana Osagiede

Front Desk

Kiana was born in Sacramento, California and just moved to Klamath falls after living in England for 4 years. She loves dance and fashion and has made a living on both her entire adult life. She is new to the dental field but excited to help patients and learn all she can in the industry. 

Favorite Movie: She doesn’t have one

TV Show She Can’t Miss: Grey’s Anatomy

Favorite Candy: Dark Chocolate

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